The San Francisco Film Society announced Wednesday the films that will compete for the Golden Gate Awards at the San Francisco International Film Festival.
The awards will bestow a total of nearly $40,000 on the winners of both narrative and documentary categories.
More than 20 countries are represented among this year’s crop of films. The global nature of the announced list was intentional, according to Noah Cowan, executive director of the society.
“The San Francisco Film Society has steadfastly believed that festivals have a unique responsibility to advocate for films from other cultures and in different languages than our own,” Cowan said in a statement. “As a proud non-profit, we believe that only by insisting on the importance of global cinema can we strengthen the vision of young filmmakers we support and better serve the diverse audiences of our community.”
The films in contention will be joined by competitors in six short film categories, which will be announced March 31. The Golden Gate Awards will take place during the festival on May 6.
The films competing for the New Directors Prize (Narrative Feature) award:
“Bota” — Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci, Albania/Italy/Kosovo
“El Cordero” — Juan Francisco Olea, Chile
“Court” — Chaitanya Tamhane, India
“A Few Cubic Meters of Love” — Jamshid Mahmoudi, Iran/Afghanistan
“Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere” — Diep Hoang Nguyen, Vietnam/France/Germany/Norway
“Run” — Philippe Lacôte, Ivory Coast/France
“Sworn Virgin” — Laura Bispuri, Italy/Switzerland/Germany/Albania/Kosovo
“The Tribe” — Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, Ukraine
“Vincent” — Thomas Salvador, France
The films competing for the Documentary Feature award:
“Beats of the Antonov” — Hajooj Kuka, Sudan/South Africa
“Democrats” — Camilla Nielsson, Denmark
“A German Youth” Jean-Gabriel Périot, France/Germany/Switzerland
“The Iron Ministry” — J.P. Sniadecki, China/USA
“Of Men and War” — Laurent Bécue-Renard, France/Switzerland
“Sunday Ball” — Eryk Rocha, Brazil
“T-Rex” — Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari, USA
“Very Semi-Serious” — Leah Wolchok, USA
“The Wolfpack” — Crystal Moselle, USA